Khabib Nurmagomedov has offered up $200,000 of his own cash, in the hopes that a fight with Tony Ferguson will materialize, but the latter isn’t interested in that offer…
In recent weeks there’s been reports that the UFC is trying to book a bout between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov for either an interim 155 title, or just the opportunity to face champion Conor McGregor. The latter is expecting his first child, and it’s not clear yet when McGregor wants to fight next.
Both Nurmagomedov and Ferguson want to fight one another, but “El Cucuy” has been holding out for more money (thus, this is why Nurmagomedov made his eye brow raising offer). Recently Dana White noted that Ferguson has a new contract, and that as a result, the UFC is sticking to that agreement. But, Ferguson recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he argued he’s “outperformed” that deal. The ridiculously talented lightweight, who has won nine in a row, also had this to say about the situation (quote via MMA Fighting):
“You’ve got Khabib f*cking offering (me) $200,000 to fight me. I’m not going to take his money because we work for the same kind of thing,” Ferguson said. “I would offer the same thing. But that’s not what I’m in here for, man. Honestly, we’re both two of the same kind of fighters because we fight for something different. The UFC has a chance to make the most money out of everyone right now. They’re looking at the hugest, biggest demographic in Russia. Well let us fight, man. I’m trying to build my demographic too. Let me work for you guys. Let me work for you guys the way that I have been working, but compensate me the way that I need to be compensated.
“The fight is us or Conor, man,” Ferguson added. “And I know both of us are going to smash that fool. So the real fight is this fight, and we both know it. We’ve met each other. We’ve sized each other up. We know what the f*ck is up.”
Ferguson also noted that in the past, the UFC has agreed to pay fighters more for certain bouts, despite the fact they have an existing contract. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.